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Humanities Council Announces Grant Recipients

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The Indiana Humanities Council has awarded grants to 12 nonprofit organizations for projects throughout the state. Recipients include a stage company in Bloomington, a theological seminary in Indianapolis and a preservation society in Crawfordsville.

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INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Humanities Council has awarded grants of up to $2,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations for 13 projects that seek to engage the public in the humanities. The grant money will fund a variety of programs across the state, from Madison to West Lafayette. Projects include a dead poet society featuring Meredith Nicholson to a night of storytelling that explores connections between various faiths and feeding the hungry.

“Nonprofits sometimes struggle financially to put on programs that encourage us to think, read, talk and listen. But our communities need that type of interaction now, more than ever,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council. “We are proud to support such a wide variety of projects that give Hoosiers the opportunity to experience the humanities at a very local level.”

The Humanities Initiative Grantees are:

Cardinal Stage Company Educational Outreach Programming for The Grapes of Wrath; Cardinal Stage Company, Bloomington

To accompany a dramatization of The Grapes of Wrath, the Cardinal Stage Company will develop a teacher workshop, offer student matinees, and produce print resources on the play’s themes, history, creation, production, and environmental and scientific context. (Sept. 2010)

Home Grown Indiana Tour; Indiana State Library, Indianapolis

Connections between Hoosier culture and the food grown and consumed in Indiana will serve as the background to an examination of the Slow Food and "eating local" philosophies. (June-Sept. 2010)

Unexpected Guests at the Table; Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis

This evening of interfaith storytelling will present sacred literature that has inspired faith communities, as well as stories of contemporary Hoosiers working together to feed the hungry. (Nov. 2010)

Communication Across the Language Barrier: The Basics of Community Translation and Interpreting; Purdue University, West Lafayette

Cecilia Tenorio, a Purdue faculty member in Spanish and director of the Community Assistance Program, will present a workshop for non-professionals on translation and interpreting. (June 2010)

Complicity: Our Role in Genocide; Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference, West Lafayette

The 29th annual Holocaust Remembrance Conference will address the role that private citizens and public figures play in allowing genocide to occur, both in the Holocaust and contemporary world events. (Apr. 11-15, 2010)

From Page to Stage: Chester 2010; Purdue University, West Lafayette

Public performances of the medieval pageant play, Adam and Eve, will be presented by student actors from Purdue, along with a lecture by professor Paul Whitfield White, Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. (Apr.-May, 2010)

Indiana Dead Poets Celebration; Brick Street Poetry, Inc., Indianapolis

Costumed readers will read the poetry of Sarah Bolton, James Whitcomb Riley, Meredith Nicholson, Etheridge Knight, and Ruth Lilly at Crown Hill Cemetery. (May 4, 2010)

It's Our World: Lessons for Peace and Reconciliation; Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation, Indianapolis

A day-long conference for middle school through collegiate level educators will be convened in Indianapolis to examine the cultural and political context of peace and reconciliation. (Nov. 6, 2010)

Lanier Days 2010; Lanier Mansion Foundation, Madison

An annual festival on the grounds of the Lanier Mansion highlights the life and culture of early Victorian Madison, Ind. Presentations on Civil War-era cooking techniques and the use of herbs, as well as steamboats, nineteenth-century artisans and trades, and music of the era will be featured. (June 19-20, 2010)

Lew Wallace Youth Academy; Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society, Inc., Crawfordsville

Middle school students in Montgomery County will spend five summer days learning about the disciplines associated with the life and career of General Lew Wallace and experiencing world music, art, writing, architecture, landscaping, inventions, and military history. (July 6-10, 2010)

Library Classics Series; Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, Lawrenceburg

A series of four performances/lectures by musicians representing different genres will be held at two public libraries in Dearborn County.

Lincoln: Upon the Altar of Freedom; Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association, Lincoln City

A theatrical production at the Lincoln Amphitheatre, newly written for the 2009 Bicentennial year, will be presented again during the 2010 summer season. (June 18-Aug. 7, 2010)

The Rhythm of the River: Transportation's Role in the Whitewater Valley's Past, Present, and Future; Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway Association, Metamora

The project will compile research on transportation history in the Whitewater Valley and comprises Phase 1 of an extensive plan to interpret and present the history of the region through heritage tourism. (Apr.-Sept. 2010)

The Humanities Initiatve Grant is one of two annual grant programs offered by the Indiana Humanities Council, which is given to noprofit organizations to conduct public programs emphasizing the humanities. The second, the Historic Preservation Education Grant, is offered in conjunction with the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, and supports educational projects related to historic structures. The Council is currently accepting the second and final round of applications for Humanities Initiative Grants. The deadline is Aug. 2. For more information and to download an application, visit www.indianahumanities.org.

The Indiana Humanities Council connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read, talk and listen. As a convener, leader and partner, the Council promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

Source: Indiana Humanities Council

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